During the first week of August, 2022, CVEPA received a number of complaints from concerned residents of the Crystal Valley regarding a project along the Crystal River by the Marble Airstrip involving multiple pieces of heavy equipment. Complaints described extensive “re-engineering” and excavation of the river and both banks. Reports indicated that approximately 250 yards of the river course had been straightened and all vegetation removed from the channel and banks.
Enhanced protections are needed to mitigate negative impacts from a dramatic increase in visitors and OHV use.
CVEPA supports the ongoing community based effort to obtain Wild and Scenic designation for the Crystal River. This effort is being led by a citizens' committee and is supported by a wide range of individuals, governmental, and civic groups.
The famous Yule Creek Marble Quarry, now called the Pride of America Mine, is owned by the Italian Company Red Graniti. In October 2019 CVEPA reported the illegal manipulation of Yule Creek from its drainage.
A pedestrian/bicycle path between Carbondale and Crested Butte has been on the books since 2002. The first segments have now been started at both ends. Planning for the next phase of the Pitkin County part along the Crystal River has not yet started.